Julio Jones caught a 14-yard pass midway through the third quarter to reach 9,000 career yards faster than any receiver since the 1970 merger.
— NFL (@NFL) December 31, 2017
Jones, a seventh-year veteran playing in his 95th game with the Atlanta Falcons, took a big hit from Carolina strong safety Mike Adams on the opening drive, but quickly returned to the field. He had four catches for 54 yards midway through the third quarter and began the game with 84 catches for at least 25 yards, the most in the NFL since his rookie year.
(AP Photo/John Bazemore)
The two-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl selection last month set the league mark with the most catches and yards receiving in a receiver’s first 90 games.
Jones has been on the Falcons’ injury report most of the season. He missed practice time this week with a sore thumb and ankle and also has been listed with a hip flexor, a back injury and a knee injury, but Jones has not missed a game.